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Uganda, EU Discuss 2021 Elections, Covid-19

Uganda and the European Union on Friday reaffirmed their close partnership in a political dialogue meeting hosted by President Museveni at State House Entebbe.

According to the joint communique released on Saturday, the agenda covered a wide range of issues including the upcoming elections, security forces “unlawful acts” in electoral process and COVID-19 pandemic among others.

“The agenda covered a range of issues, including; the social economic impact of COVID-19 in Uganda, the business climate, tourism, wildlife and environmental conservation – areas which were highlighted by EU Heads of Mission during their joint mission to Western and Northern Uganda earlier this week.”

“Uganda’s upcoming general elections, including the importance of ensuring a leveled playing field for all political actors, as well as the EU’s role as a neutral partner both to the government and civil society in supporting the democratic process were also covered,” read the communique.

It should be noted that recently, the EU ambassador to Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici said that EU had not yet secured permission from Government allowing the Bloc to observe Uganda’s 2021 general elections.

He however said that EU would give support to local election observers in case Uganda Government refused to permit EU to observe elections.

Meanwhile, at the dialogue, both sides recalled the importance of all actors involved in the electoral process, including political parties and their supporters as well as “security forces and law enforcement agencies to refrain from unlawful acts.”

The EU delegation was led by EU Ambassador to Uganda Attilio Pacifici who was joined by the Heads of Mission of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Austria and Netherlands.

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Also in attendance was Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem, Minister of Finance, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Minister of Water and Environment, the Attorney General as well as others Government official.

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